149th Street Bridge On Schedule for December 2015 Re-Opening
Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Council Member Peter Koo (D-Flushing) met with Department of Transportation Queens Borough Commissioner Dalila Hall at the 149th Street bridge for a site visit to discuss the project’s progress.
According to the DOT, the bridge is in the final planning stages and the new design should be finalized by the end of the year. DOT hopes to begin construction by next fall and have the bridge completed by the end of 2015.
“I want to thank Commissioner Hall and her staff for visiting the 149th Street bridge and making its successful completion a top priority,” said Senator Stavisky. “The business owners and residents here have been kept in the dark about the status of the bridge for too long and I’m glad that this new administration understands the importance of transparency and communication. I am pleased that the rebuilding process is on schedule and look forward to celebrating the opening of this bridge at the end of next year.”
Council Member Koo said, "I had the opportunity to observe the fatal flaws in the bridge today with my colleagues in government. As a small business owner, I empathize with the local merchants and understand the frustrations that they have had to endure because of its closure. Unfortunately, this bridge has to be rebuilt as public safety must be our top priority." Koo concluded, "I will continue to work very closely with the DOT on this matter, and continue to be an advocate for the residents and business owners affected by this ordeal. Together, we will continue making our voices heard until we see results."
“I want to thank the NYC DOT for keeping their word in following up with the community. As a community, we are not concerned about blaming or pointing fingers. We just want a clear timeline and resolution so our businesses and residents are no longer inconvenienced by this bridge,” said Assemblyman Ron Kim.